May 2016 - Monthly News & Tips
IN THIS ISSUE
"The Emily Program staff never gave up and one day I was able to see a glimpse of what they saw. I started to trust. I opened up and felt the pain I was running away from. Now I can live. I can live a life without my eating disorder." - An Emily Program client
I have been involved in a number of conversations about a recent article in The New York Times, “Centers to Treat Eating Disorders are Growing, and Raising Concerns.” It discusses the rapid growth of residential eating disorder centers across the country, but questions their integrity and program effectiveness.
This confusion is a natural consequence of the attempts by so many to find more and better ways to help those who suffer from eating disorders. For most of the history of eating disorder treatment, there were no efforts made at prevention, involving families or outreach into the community. In fact, there was widespread unavailability of treatment options for most clients.
However, as the eating disorder treatment community matures and looks to expand access to treatment, we are seeing a lively and much-needed debate about how to get the best preventative care and treatment to clients.
We are proud that Jillian Lampert, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer for The Emily Program, serves as president of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, a professional association that represents 85 percent of the centers and is working hard to seek high standards for all residential centers for the betterment of clients and families.
As part of the work to improve care and bring access to everyone who needs it, The Emily Program is working hard to expand upon the following:
Setting standards across our treatment and residential centers
The Emily Program is guided by a set of principles that offer patients a greater chance for recovery. Our eating disorder treatment programs are backed by more than 30 years of industry-leading research and incorporate scientifically proven techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Family Based Therapy.
All of our therapists are trained in these scientific-based therapies and receive ongoing supervision to ensure that their practice delivers the highest quality care.
Also, our multidisciplinary approach utilizes an interdisciplinary team of specialists to ensure the best chance of a successful recovery. Teams are comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, dietitians, nurses, and more, who work with the individual and family to optimize quality of care.
Making community outreach a part of our mission
The Emily Program is committed to raising awareness and educating clients, families, medical professionals and the general public so clients get the appropriate care they so desperately need.
We make it our mission to spread the message that eating disorders are the most lethal psychiatric illness, yet more must be done to educate health professionals and the public.
The average doctor only gets four to five hours of training about eating disorders during their entire medical education. Other health professionals, such as therapists and dietitians, who are often the first line of treatment, get scant education on eating disorders in school or training.
Working to provide care in your community
The Emily Program is working with multiple client and family groups to brainstorm and work towards bringing the best care possible to your community. It has been shown that the more treatment happens within one's own support network, the better the outcome.
The literature is clear that ongoing connection to family, community and treatment systems are predictors of better outcomes. That’s why we remain committed to being rooted in these community settings to provide excellence in care for people with eating disorders and their families.
Mark Warren, MD
Chief Medical Officer, The Emily Program
Share Your Experience with The Emily Program!
The Emily Program is starting a Client Advisory Board pilot program in MN. The purpose of the board is to gather information about client experiences at The Emily Program specific to our services and programs.
We are seeking a diverse group of adult clients, current or former, invested in their treatment and recovery, who are interested in the opportunity to have a voice in The Emily Program experience.
Benefits include The Emily Program gaining a deeper understanding of the client experience, creating meaningful relationships with clients/former clients who will continue to provide feedback and the ability to elicit new ideas by running the group modeled on Sackett’s Evidence-Based Practice.
Beginning in July 2016, the meetings, facilitated by TEP staff members Dirk Miller and Deb Schermann, will be held quarterly from 3pm-5pm at our 2265 Como Avenue location in St. Paul.
If you are interested and would like additional details, please call Pam Raml at The Emily Program before June 11th, at 651-645-5323 x 1401.
The Emily Program addresses common misunderstandings about eating disorders and related issues in our Did You Know section.
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 2.7 percent of teens, ages 13–18 years old, struggle with an eating disorder. Though girls are far more likely to have eating disorders, boys also are susceptible.
For adolescents, family is an integral part of the treatment team and studies show family involvement increases a teen’s chance at recovery. In treatment, the first goal is to help teens achieve a healthy weight. From there, psychologists or therapists will help them cope with negative behaviors, distorted thinking patterns and any underlying issues that may have triggered the eating disorder.
Ashley Spangler, Registered Dietitian, Spokane, WA
Ashley Spangler joined our team in the spring of 2014 as a registered dietitian in The Emily Program’s Spokane, WA, location.
Today, most of her time is spent participating in several groups and meals each week as the primary dietitian in adolescent intensive programming. In addition, she meets with outpatient clients and oversees the menu planning for the adolescent intensive program.
“Working at The Emily Program has allowed me to see the role that proper treatment and support plays in the recovery process, and I find it so rewarding to be a part of this,” Ashley said. “I get such joy from hearing clients' success stories, witnessing breakthrough moments and watching as clients reclaim their lives.” Recently, Ashley became the “gut specialist” for TEP’s Research and Development team in Spokane. In this role, she attends trainings, participates in monthly consult meetings and trains other dietitians, so together they can implement new interventions for clients struggling with gut health issues during their recovery.
Learn more about Ashley and why we think she stands out!
TEP: What advice do you offer clients at mealtime?
Ashley: It varies depending on the client and where they are in the recovery process. But, I often find myself reminding clients that no single food or meal has the power to significantly change their body. I've found that this message can help combat a variety of eating disorder thoughts that people may have at the table.
TEP: What have clients taught you about eating?
Ashley: My work has given me a much deeper appreciation for the complexity of an individual’s relationship with food. Before I started working in this specialty I took my relationship with food and eating for granted, and didn’t give it much thought. Now, I realize the great importance of this relationship and how much it impacts other aspects of our well-being.
TEP: What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Ashley: I can't wait to go camping, make s'mores (one of my favorite desserts!) and go on my first trip to England!
In Spokane, WA:
Wednesday, May 11: Begins at 6:30 p.m. at 2020 East 29th Avenue, Suite 200, Spokane, WA
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